A BREATHTAKING cinematic experience has been unveiled at Moray Playhouse cinema in Elgin following a four-day refit that has seen the introduction of 3D digital viewing with surround-sound.
The move is part of a £500,000 improvement programme at the 80-year-old cinema, which will also see new seats and carpet fitted next month in Cinema No 1.
Film fans have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of 3D and digital viewing locally, and Moray Playhouse is anticipating a Christmas frenzy, with some big blockbuster 3D films scheduled over the festive period.
New Dolby 7.1 digital surround-sound and new screens have been fitted in both cinemas at the Elgin entertainment complex, while 3D films will be shown in the main 250-seat auditorium.
Christmas releases ‘The Hobbit’, the prequel to the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, and Dreamworks Animations’ ‘Rise of the Guardians’ will both hit the screen in jaw-dropping 3D from next Thursday onwards.
The cinema launched the 3D experience with a family favourite, ‘Frankenweenie’, which is showing every day at 12.30pm.
Film fans can also experience the current headline movies, ‘Skyfall’, the latest James Bond outing, and cult vampire flick ‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 2’, in the new digital Dolby surround sound.
Cinema manager Martin Thomson said: "The difference between the new system and the old one is like night and day. The people of Elgin and Moray are going to see a real difference and be very surprised.
"It is a completely different level of entertainment quality. Not only will we be showing 3D films, we will look at screening live sporting events and concerts.
Ron Farquharson, a director of parent company Cairnstar Ltd, said: "This is a £500,000 investment, and that is just phase one. Phase two will see new seating installed for Cinema 2. This is a major investment to give people what they wanted.
"Martin and the staff have been brilliant and have put a lot of hard work into achieving this," he added.
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